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Granite Falls, Washington – Hiker Injured After Getting Struck by Falling Tree

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Posted on September 18, 2019

Granite Falls, Washington (September 18, 2019) – A hiker sustained neck and back injuries after getting struck by a falling tree on the Lake Twentytwo trail. Rescuers from different agencies were able to carry her down the trail. Her current condition is currently unknown.

According to the report the accident happened around 1.25 miles up the trail. Rescue crews were called in when the victim found she could not walk on her own. The report has not mentioned if the victim was taken to a hospital after the accident.

About Crush Injuries

Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.

While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid  areas with hazards such as rockfalls and construction sites if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary. For their part, construction crews should adhere to safety guidelines and make sure that any equipment they use will not become a hazard for anyone else. Make sure that your own home is able to withstand any kind of rough weather, particularly if it’s a mobile home. Ensuring our safety can also ensure the safety of others.

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